ECE Seminar: Dr. Valeria Bertacco

Event Date: March 4, 2019
Speaker: Dr. Valeria Bertacco
Speaker Affiliation: University of Michigan
Time: 3:45 pm
Location: FRNY G124
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School or Program: Electrical and Computer Engineering
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Dr. Valeria Bertacco
Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Associate Dean for Physical Sciences and Engineering
University of Michigan

In the past 50 years, silicon dimensional scaling has been delivering the lion's share of advancement and economy of scale in computing. Unfortunately, this source of value is quickly drying out, highlighting the urgent need to provide novel approaches to accelerate innovation in computer design. In this talk, I outline three research domains that promise to provide effective alternatives to the once-plentiful benefits of silicon dimensional scaling. First, we now have the opportunity to move beyond silicon dimensional scaling and explore new silicon structures that boost system value in alternate ways. Second, we need to fully embrace specialized heterogeneous design, tailoring systems to upcoming powerful applications, thus leading to orders-of-magnitude performance and value benefits. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, we must break the cycle of ever-increasing design costs and diminishing innovation. By embracing novel low-cost and agile design technologies, through specialized programming languages and compilation flows, we can engage a broader community of engineers in accelerating innovation in computing system design.

In the second part of the seminar, I will then broaden the discussion to the opportunities that current trends in computing are creating for R1 electrical and computer engineering departments.

Valeria Bertacco is Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Associate Dean for Physical Sciences and Engineering in the Rackham Graduate School at the University of Michigan. She is also an Adjunct Professor of Computer Engineering at the Addis Ababa Institute of Technology. Her research interests are in the area of computer design, with emphasis on specialized architecture solutions and design viability. She joined the University of Michigan in 2003, after working with the Advanced Technology Group of Synopsys, which she joined via the acquisition of Systems Science Inc.

Valeria is also the Director of the "Applications Driving Architectures" (ADA) Center, a research center sponsored by DARPA and SRC, a consortium of semiconductor companies. The ADA Center leads research efforts in developing the computing systems and system design solutions for the next decade, and it engages 20 faculty and over 90 graduate students from top US universities.

She received her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 1998 and 2003; and a Computer Engineering degree ("Dottore in Ingegneria") summa cum laude from the University of Padova, Italy in 1995. Valeria is the recipient of the IEEE CEDA Early Career Award, NSF CAREER award, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research's Young Investigator award and the IBM Faculty Award. Valeria is an ACM Distinguished Scientist and an IEEE Fellow.